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Archive for September 20th, 2012

De-clawing is a very painful procedure for your cat

Thursday, September 20, 2012
posted by Jim Murphy

A VERY PAINFUL OPERATION FOR YOUR CAT – DON’T DO IT!

We’ve spoke about this before and if you’ve been reading my blog regularly, you probably know my take on cat de-clawing. As I mentioned once before, If your furniture is your priority, you should not own a cat. De-clawing is a very complex operation. Your cat experiences pain in the recovery and healing process. I strongly disagree with de clawing a cat and many veterinarians won’t even do this surgery. The operation is usually done on the front paws and is actually an amputation comparable with the removal of human fingertips at the first knuckle. In addition to being very painful, the procedure is not without risk. The tourniquet used to reduce blood loss during the surgical procedure can damage the radial nerve and result in paralysis of the leg.

Declawing your cat should never be taken lightly and certainly never be done for the owners convenience. It seems that people think this is a normal process and don’t make a big deal out of having their cat declawed but you know what? IT IS A BIG DEAL FOR YOUR CAT!!  Don’t do it. Don’t be lazy, get a scratching post and train your cat to use it!

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